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“Sleepy Caribbean Town”
Review of Cockburn Town

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Grand Turk Historical Sightseeing Tour by Tram
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Calgary, Canada
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“Sleepy Caribbean Town”
Reviewed 18 November 2012

The Turks and Caicos have always been a backwater in the Caribbean. Not much ever happened here and Grand Turk is just an overgrown sand spit coral island. The new cruise ship terminal is a welcome tourist orientated addition to island life. This the highlight of the visitors experience with attractive modern duty free shopping and a large pool and sandy beach anchored by the Margaritaville restaurant within walking distance of the cruise ships.

Cockburn Town has some nice old buildings along Front Street, some in disrepair following hurricane damage. The museum and Old Jail are the most impressive buildings. The most scenic spot is the North Point Lighthouse and park about 6 miles from the Cruise Terminal on the opposite end of the island.

The trip to Cockburn town would have been worthwhile if there was an inexpensive tram service to a local bar on Front street but it is not worth the price of an expensive cruise ship excursion. Any of the volcanic Caribbean islands offer much more scenic and interesting tours

Visited November 2012
2 Thank FunOnly
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San Diego, CA
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“Not Much to See, but the Museum: Take a Funky Taxi Ride”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

After paying about $6 per person to go to Cockburn Town, we found the shopping to be pretty sparse. There are about 7 shops (the size of a small bedroom) with local tourist junk. The National Museum is a bit interesting if you want to see John Glenn, the astronaut, info and information about the oldest shipwreck. The best part of the museum is sitting on the upstairs porch and relaxing while you view the beautiful ocean.

Now for the funky taxi ride: We called the taxi driver back to pick us up. He offered us a trip around the island for $10. It took maybe 30 min. I have never had a taxi ride like this one. The driver was a local who had family ties all over the island. We heard things like: "Here's where government buildings are. . . .so much corruption that the leaders have been kicked out". "Here's where my bad cousin lived. . . he disappeared if you know what I mean." "Here's the salt ponds." "Here's the prison where my uncle and cousin works." "Those are Haitians; they practice voodoo." Here's the Canadian's homes who run the government now." "Here's the cemetery.". And my favorite after seeing the cows running free:
"Here's the dump. The cows are eating cardboard. I've had the cow's meat. . .it isn't too bad." If you want an unusal sightseeing trip. . .The taxi cab ride was unforgettable!

Visited September 2011
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Upstate NY
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“Jack's Shack near Grand Turk Cruise Center...not to be missed”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

Once you get off your Cruise ship make a hard left onto the beach and walk along it just a couple minutes to Jack's Shack for a relaxing bite to eat, great grill food, and new friends. Free wireless internet, too!

Visited August 2011
7 Thank Tinsnslus
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